Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CATCHING UP - WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL IN CLAREMORE OKLAHOMA

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 41 Plenty of Sun High 79)

Recently while we were in Claremore Oklahoma we visited the Will Rogers Memorial. Here is an exterior view from the web.


Will Rogers was born nearby in what was Indian Territory in 1879. An expert cowboy and rope trick artist he started out in Vaudeville. Then it was on to the Ziegfield Follies. From there it seemed there was nothing that Will Rogers was not involved in. He starred in silent movies then talkies while also writing a daily newspaper column. Tragically Will Rogers was killed in an airplane crash in Alaska in 1935 and buried in California where he lived at the time.

After much discussion as to the location of the memorial it was decided that Claremore would be the site on property purchased by the family about 20 years earlier. This is what greets you at the entrance.


We first saw a great documentary in the theater. When that was completed a storyteller took the stage and told some of the history and did some rope tricks that Will Rogers was famous for.


Some interior views.




A copy of the statue that is in the National Statuary in Washington DC.


We really liked the chandelier above the statue.


As mentioned before Will Rogers was originally buried in California in 1935. In 1942 his body was moved to Claremore. He was joined by his wife in 1944 and various family members since then.




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We'll end with a couple of our favorite quotes that are still relevant these days.

"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment."

"Do the best you can, and don't take life too seriously."

"Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don't hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous."

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, February 20, 2017

CATCHING UP - REVIEW OF WILL ROGERS KOA IN CLAREMORE OKLAHOMA

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 52 Morning Rain then Clearing High 74)

Catching up on our recent stay in Claremore Oklahoma. We really liked Will Rogers KOA in Claremore OK. We chose Claremore to be honest due to the length of travel. We would now come back just to be at this park.

The park had easy access off of the Highway from the Turnpike. The roads and sites were gravel. We had a long pull thru and the hookups, except for the sewer hookup, were convenient. The sewer hookup was one of those that were elevated too far above the ground creating less than desirable drainage. We had good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish.

The main draw was how close we were to the race track. Here is a shot from the our rear window.


Loading the horses for the race.


And they're off!!


Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right towards the Grandstand.


To the left.


From the rear.


As mentioned before, we would stay here again.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, February 18, 2017

ADDED BIRDS TO OUR LIST

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 45 Clouds Break for Sun; Warmer High 82) 

One advantage to traveling this great country is you might see some birds you have never seen before. We set out our feeders where the cats and us could see them and it wasn't long before we ended up a couple new birds. Although we have seen the tufted titmouse we have never seen the black crested titmouse until now.



Here is a closeup view.


And the black backed race common goldfinch.



A lot of birds enjoyed our feeders.


Including this collection of doves.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CATCHING UP - REVIEW OF TIMBERLINE CAMPGROUD IN WAUKEE IOWA

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 33 Mostly Sunny High 62) 

Seems like all we have done since we got to Kerrville is fill out paperwork and go to doctor's appointments. We realized that we should have used this time to catch up on blog entries. So here is our review of Timberline Campground in Waukee Iowa.

Timberline is easy to find with our gps. The location in Waukee is nice because it is close to relatives in Perry and close to Des Moines for sightseeing and eating. The park roads and sites are gravel. We were in a pull through with fairly convenient hookups and a good line of sight for our roof mounted automatic satellite dish. Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


From the rear.


To the right.


To the left.


We would stay at this park again, in fact we are trying to figure out when this year we will be back in Iowa.

While in Waukee we saw this Batman-like motorcycle.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, February 13, 2017

HEALTHCARE ISSUES CAUSE YET ANOTHER CHANGE OF PLANS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 58 Cloudy High 72) 

Bob had a couple of issues that needed checked out that we left until we got to Texas. Turns out he has nodules on his thyroid and a goiter. In short a goiter is any enlargement of the thyroid gland. Here is a depiction of the thyroid gland with nodules.


The good news is that a majority of us have thyroid nodules. The better news is that all the recent bloodwork indicated normal thyroid functioning. We've got a baseline (bloodwork and ultrasound) that we can compare to in 6 months. So our big plans of Highway 2 in Montana to Canada for the circle tour of Lake Superior to Door County will have to be delayed a year. The great news is that if all appears the same in 6 months is that yearly reviews will be possible.

We still don't know exactly when we are leaving the Hill Country but when we do we will spend part of the summer in Colorado and then head to the Kansas City area on our way back to the Hill Country to recheck Bob's thyroid.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, February 11, 2017

FILLING OUT PAPERWORK AD NAUSEUM

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 53 Partly Sunny and Warmer High 83) 

It seems like all we have been doing lately is filling out paperwork.


As you get older you get more doctors and each doctor's office has their own paperwork. Sad thing is that it is a repeat of most of the same information. But we are going down our checklist and seeing all the doctors we need to see.


In the future expect an update on our healthcare situation as well as a foodie report.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

HILL COUNTRY KOLACHES

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 38 Mostly Sunny and Very Warm High 78) 

Whenever we are in an area we like to immerse ourselves in the local cuisine, scenery and history. Driving around Kerrville we saw kolaches a lot, even saw them in the frozen food section at the grocery stores, so we decided to investigate further. From wideopencountry.com we found this out.

"According to Texan vernacular, a kolache is a breakfast food comprised of sweet bread filled with various breakfast items. A Texas kolache can contain sausage, eggs, cheese, or any number of other creative delicacies. However, denotatively, that is a klobasnek. A kolache, in fact, has no meat in it at all, and instead is filled with fruit purees, cream cheese or other sweet fillings. For the sake of simplicity, however, we will refer to all of the above as kolaches, because this is Texas, and our language is not always based on accuracy."

We went to Snowflake Donuts and Kolaches for our first adventure with kolaches. We had a sausage and cheese and a ham and cheese for breakfast.


Of course while there we had to try the traditional kolaches, a lemon cream cheese and an apple cream cheese.


We give a thumbs up to this regional offering. There are places that are supposedly better in the Hill Country, if they are better they must be incredible because these were pretty darn good.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, January 27, 2017

WE SAW "HIDDEN FIGURES"

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 35 Mostly Cloudy High 53)

We recently saw "Hidden Figures" which was based on a true story.


Every once in a while you see a movie that is one of the best you have seen. "Hidden Figures" was just such a movie for us. The acting and direction were superb but even better was the true story that was the basis for the movie.

"Hidden Figures" tells the story of African-American woman mathematicians that until now were largely left out of the history of the era. Based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly that tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan who are finally getting recognized for their contributions to our nascent space program in the early 1960s and beyond. These three were part of a pool of mathematicians that were "human computers" or "computers in skirts" that checked  calculations on paper without digital computers.

Before the digital computers were available Katherine Johnson calculated the trajectory for the first American in space Alan Shepard by hand. She also worked on the trajectory and reentry for John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. In fact there were some questions on the calculations for the reentry, “Get the girl, check the numbers,” Glenn said, referring to Johnson. “If she says they’re good, I’m good to go.”

Mary Jackson was a mathematician that had an engineers mind so she went to night school while still working and became the first African-American female engineer at NASA.

Dorothy Vaughan was the first African-American manager at NASA, male or female. Trained as a mathematician she taught herself computer programming and ended up as a manager.

We highly recommend this movie, it is as empowering and uplifting a movie as we have seen in a while.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, January 26, 2017

UPDATE ON HEALTHCARE

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 32 Mostly Sunny High 59) 

We never said the move to Texas for Bob's insurance was going to be easy or fun. When Bob signed up for the HMO insurance he picked a Primary Care at a clinic with multiple doctors in Kerrville Texas. When he got the insurance card there was a different doctor. Unfortunately he thought he was assigned a different doctor in the clinic.

It was not fun when we got to our Monday morning appointments. Turns out the assigned doctor was in Livingston Texas. Bob had to change his Primary Care or pay full price. He first tried the 800 number but calling on a Monday morning was a long process. While on hold he tried to use his phone and the website but the last name was unique enough he could never find the doctor. After an hour he finally talked to customer service and changed. By this time it was too late for his appointment that day and his initial visit was delayed a week.

Jo on the other hand had a great first appointment and liked her doctor.

One more update on the healthcare front involves our cat JJ.





Off and on he has been sneezing and wheezing. We changed his food and he got better so we thought food allergy after it got better. When it came back and persisted we decided to take him to the vet in Kerrville. Turns out he has a respiratory infection and is on antibiotics for a couple of days and is already better.

We'll keep you posted on our healthcare adventures.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, January 22, 2017

ADDED MORE FLICKR SETS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 45 Sunny with Winds Subsiding High 67) 

We use flickr.com for all of photos online.

With all of our travel this summer and dealing with data limits on our jetpack we haven't uploaded photos for awhile. Since we were on the last day of our plan recently and having date remaining for the month we uploaded a number of our stays. We added albums for April 2016 once we left Goodyear Arizona and includes stops at: Winslow AZ, Albuquerque NM, Tucumcari NM, Liberal KS, Wichita KS, Kansas City MO area, Stanton IA, Storm Lake IA, Center Point IA, North Utica IL, Elkhart IN, Sault Ste. Marie MI, Newberry MI, Houghton MI and Deerbrook WI.

Here are some of the photos that you will see if you go to flickr.com. A collection of meeting family, great sunsets, big ships going through the Soo Locks, waterfalls and shipwrecks.











It was tough to pick a few pictures for all these great places we visited. We have more photos to upload so stay tuned.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, January 20, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO KERRVILLE TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville Texas (Low 38 Mostly Sunny and Mild High and Mild 74) 

We departed Sheffield Texas yesterday and headed to Kerrville. We noticed these great rock cutouts on Interstate 10 so the road could be completed. Here is one example.


It was approximately 190 miles, this was the route we took.



While we are here we are staying at the campground in Kerrville-Schreiner Park.


How long we stay this trip will depend on how long it takes to establish Bob with his new doctors. 

Now we are going to play a game called 'Pick a Forecast'.

Kerrville TX
Friday Mostly Sunny and Mild High 74
Overnight Patchy Clouds Low 45
Saturday Mostly Sunny and Mild High 75

Goodyear AZ
Friday Occasional Rain High 56
Overnight Rain Tapering Off Low 47
Saturday A Couple of Showers High 60

Kansas City MO
Friday Cloudy and Breezy High 53
Overnight Mostly Cloudy Low 37
Saturday Partly Sunny and Mild High 56

Des Moines IA
Friday Cloudy High 45
Overnight A Shower in the Evening with Clouds Low 39
Saturday Cloudy and Mild High 75

We do this for our friends still in Goodyear wondering how our weather is here and for friends and relatives in the midwest.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, January 19, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO SHEFFIELD TEXAS

Currently in Sheffield TX (Low 38 Mostly Sunny Currently 43) 
Heading to Kerrville TX (Currently 49 Clearing and Mild High 71)

After one night in Van Horn Texas we departed yesterday and headed to Sheffield, also in Texas. Along the way we saw some natural gas being burnt off. 


It was approximately 205 miles. This is the route we took.



We stayed at the Pecos Village RV and Mobile Home Park for 1 night. The best thing we can say is that it is good for a one night stopover to cut a long trip into two legs. All of our GPS devices had a horrible time finding these sites. We unhooked so Bob could go get diesel, the closest being 18 miles away. There are no restaurants or groceries in Sheffield either. Jo was thinking, "Bob what have you done to me now".


We are leaving for Kerrville Texas today.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo